Arizona lawmaker pulls bill that threatened solar industry

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona House official says a bill that had threatened the future of Arizona's fledgling solar-energy industry is now dead.

House spokesman Paul Boyer told the Associated Press late Thursday that Glendale Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko planned to withdraw her bill.

The measure would have gutted the renewable energy standards adopted by the Arizona Corporation Commission. It prompted threats from one high-profile venture to abandon plans for a factory in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear.

The Corporation Commission now requires most Arizona electric utilities to produce 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. But Lesko's bill would have taken from the Corporation Commission the authority to set renewable energy standards.

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